Mets: Three takeaways from Monday’s loss to the Cubs

By Danny Abriano
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May 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) and New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) meet at the mound during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three takeaways from Monday’s Mets loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field…

Jake hung in after a very tough first inning

Jacob deGrom had a nightmarish first inning. When he wasn’t missing his target badly, balls were landing in the bleachers as the Cubs took a 3-0 lead.

Things didn’t improve much in the second inning, with deGrom still fighting himself while trying to locate, but he settled down after that to turn a potential horrible start into one he can hopefully learn from.

After retiring the side in order in the third, deGrom allowed another run in the fourth but escaped a bases loaded jam. In the fifth, he finally found his stride, striking out the side as his outing came to a close.

Three of deGrom’s last four starts have not been “vintage deGrom,” but his ERA is just at 3.46. His next start comes this Saturday at Citi Field against Milwaukee.

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